Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee - Wednesday, 20th October, 2021 5.00 pm

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Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1RS. View directions

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PLA72/21

Chairman's Introduction pdf icon PDF 89 KB

Announcement on procedural matters.

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The Chairman opened the meeting, introduced Committee members and officers in attendance, and outlined procedural matters of the meeting.

PLA73/21

Apologies pdf icon PDF 28 KB

Apologies for absence as reported at the meeting.

 

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Apologies were received from Councillors Patterson and Warne.  Councillor Hills was not present.

PLA74/21

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 65 KB

To receive any declarations of interest by Members on items on the agenda in accordance with the Members’ Code of Conduct.  For any advice on declarations of interest, please contact the Monitoring Officer before the meeting.

 

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With reference to Planning Application 21/02579/TPO, Broadlands, 3 Camden Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Councillor Pound declared a significant interest as the property was adjacent to his own (but without any shared boundaries).  Councillor Pound would therefore absent himself from both any discussion and vote. 

PLA75/21

Declarations of Lobbying (in accordance with the Protocol for Members taking part in the Planning Process, Part 5, Section 5.11, Paragraph 6.6) pdf icon PDF 29 KB

To receive any declarations of Lobbying in connection with any application on the agenda in accordance with the Protocol for Members taking part in the Planning Process, Constitution Part 5, Section 5.11, Paragraph 6.6.  If a Member has been lobbied, this should be declared at the start of the meeting, whether by, or in support of, the applicant or objectors.  Members in doubt about such a declaration are advised to contact the Legal Services Manager/Monitoring Officer before the date of the meeting.

 

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No declarations of lobbying were made.

 

 

PLA76/21

Notification of Persons Registered to Speak pdf icon PDF 30 KB

To note any visiting Members or members of the public wishing to speak, of which due notice has been given in accordance with Planning Committee Procedure Rule 3, and which item(s) they wish to speak on.

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Details of Members and members of the public who have registered to speak will be given under the respective planning applications.

PLA77/21

Site Inspections pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To note the application sites visited, as recorded at the meeting.

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Members had not undertaken any site visits for the applications included in the agenda.

PLA78/21

To approve the minutes of the meeting dated 22 September 2021 pdf icon PDF 182 KB

To approve the minutes of previous meeting as a correct record.  The only issue relating to the minutes that can be discussed is their accuracy.

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With reference to planning application 20/03848/FULL – Paddock Wood Memorial Recreation Ground, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, an error had been identified in respect of the first bullet point.  The wording to be amended as follows:

 

“It was confirmed, the beech tree, located on the northern boundary of the site had now been removed, and was a category B tree.  The removal was supported by the TWBC Tree Officer.  The tree was on the boundary with the neighbouring site which is currently being developed as terrace housing.”.

 

RESOLVED – That the minutes (as amended) of the meeting dated 22 September 2021 be recorded as a correct record.

PLA79/21

Reports of Head of Planning Services (attached) pdf icon PDF 28 KB

The running order of the applications listed below is subject to change and will be agreed by the Chairman and announced at the meeting.

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PLA80/21

Application for Consideration - 21/01211/FULL - Benhall Mill Depot, Benhall Mill Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells pdf icon PDF 236 KB

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Planning Report and Presentation – The Head of Planning Services submitted a report in respect of application PLA21/01211/FULL, Benhall Mill Depot, Benhall Mill Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells and this was summarised at the meeting by Richard Hazelgrove, Principal Planning Officer and illustrated by means of a visual presentation.

 

Updates and additional representation – None.

 

Registered Speakers – There were no speakers that registered in accordance with the Council’s Constitution (Planning Committee Procedure Rules)

 

Matters of Clarification by Officers and Committee Members’ Questions to Officers – Members raised a number of questions and officers confirmed the following:

 

-       The extant outline planning permission and the outstanding planning application referred to on page 25 of the report were the responsibility of Wealden District Council and were not part of this application.

-       It was agreed that Condition 5 be amended to include a scheme of Electric Vehicle charging points.

 

Decision/voting – On the basis that members were satisfied that all relevant planning considerations had been covered within the report, a motion was proposed by Councillor Poile, seconded by Councillor Backhouse and a vote was taken to approve the application in line with the officer recommendation.

 

RESOLVED – That application PLA21/01211/FULL, Benhall Mill Depot,  Benhall Mill Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells be granted subject to the plans, conditions and informatives as set out in the agenda report.

PLA81/21

Application for Consideration - 21/02579/TPO - Broadlands, 3 Camden Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 4TW pdf icon PDF 75 KB

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Planning Report and Presentation – The Head of Planning Services submitted a report in respect of application PLA21/02579/TPO, Broadlands, 3 Camden Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells and this was summarised at the meeting by Jeff Mashburn, Tree Officer and illustrated by means of a visual presentation.

 

Updates and additional representation – None.

 

Registered Speakers – There were no speakers that registered in accordance with the Council’s Constitution (Planning Committee Procedure Rules)

 

Matters of Clarification by Officers and Committee Members’ Questions to Officers – Members raised a number of questions and officers confirmed the following:

 

-       It was confirmed, the Sycamore tree in question was in good physiological condition.  The overall reduction in canopy by 3 metres was not expected to cause any damage. 

 

Decision/voting – On the basis that members were satisfied that all relevant planning considerations had been covered within the report, a motion was proposed by Councillor Hamilton, seconded by Councillor Atwood and a vote was taken to approve the application in line with the officer recommendation.

 

RESOLVED – That application PLA21/02579/TPO, Broadlands, 3 Camden Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells be granted subject to the plans, conditions and informatives as set out in the agenda report.

PLA82/21

Appeal Decisions for Noting pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To receive notice of Appeals Decisions determined between 9 September 2021 and 8 October 2021.

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RESOLVED – That the list of appeal decisions provided for information, be noted.

 

PLA83/21

Urgent Business pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To consider any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent, for the reasons to be stated, in accordance with Section 100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

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There was no urgent business for consideration.

PLA84/21

Date of Next Meeting pdf icon PDF 28 KB

The next Planning Committee was scheduled for Wednesday 10 November 2021.

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The next Planning Committee meeting was scheduled for Wednesday 10 November 2021 at 5:00pm